clout list

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clout list

A secret list of people who, through advantageous connections and relationships with people of affluence, authority, or political influence, are given preferential consideration during an admissions or appointments process. Even though he didn't do well in school, his father's connections to state senators and local politicians enabled him to be put on the university's clout list, and he eventually gained admission.
See also: clout, list
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1 - Zucchini In Arabic: hiya kussa English equivalent: on the clout list Zucchini, September 3, 2014 - Wikimedia/MikeMozart Egyptians use this proverb for referring to corruption, favoritism and nepotism, and especially when a rule does not apply to all people.
The lawsuit sought access to names and addresses of the parents of admission applicants on the university's so-called "clout list." The newspaper published a series of stories in 2009 claiming the university had a preferential admissions policy in which friends of trustees and state lawmakers were admitted despite subpar academic qualifications.
On a"clout list," a directory of 5,743 people referred for city jobs by political or union sponsors released by federal prosecutors in June, the names of Preckwinkle and Munoz were at the bottom of the list.
To many observers, the existence of a clout list showed the way city supervisors and Chicago politicians routinely skirted a 1991 ban on politically motivated hiring.